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A blog, an app and two websites walk into a bar..." It may sound like the beginning of a joke, but it's actually a formula for success. As a small business owner, it can be difficult to stay abreast of the latest business news and trends. However, with the help of these handy resources, you can get great advice and stay up-to-date no matter where your business takes you — even if that happens to be a bar.

SCORE

The Service Corps of Retired Engineers (SCORE) is an organization with more than 13,000 volunteers across 348 chapters nationwide that offers free, confidential mentoring to small business owners, both in person and online. SCORE's website, SCORE.org, is a comprehensive resource providing tools, templates, online workshops and business advice on a wide range of topics. Website visitors can sign up for SCORE's e-newsletter, as well as view the latest business headlines. Additionally, SCORE has specialized services for women, minorities, entrepreneurs over the age of 50, veterans, guards and reservists, rural entrepreneurs, and youth entrepreneurship.

American Express Open Forum App

Available on the iPhone and iPod touch, the American Express Open Forum app is an online community offering articles and videos on hot business topics, such as technology and management. The app also makes it easy to follow top business experts, including Anita Campbell, founder of Small Business Trends, and Guy Kawasaki, co-founder of Alltop. Download the app on the American Express Mobile website where you can find links to other Amex services, such as American Express cash back credit cards and Amex travel services.

Small Business Trends

The Small Business Trends website is an indispensable resource for current business news and statistics, as well as advice and articles on everything from management to marketing. Small Business Trends features a newsletter, an event calendar and links to press releases. According to Huffington Post, this award-winning site also happens to be one of the Web's most popular independent small business publications.

Inc.com

On Inc.com, you'll find comprehensive information, including in-depth articles and videos. The Startup section alone covers subtopics including best industries, funding, incubators, business plans, naming, and home-based business. Other main topics — Grow, Lead, Innovate, People, Money, and Video — all have a similarly wide range of sub-topics. Inc.com offers a free newsletter and event calendar, in addition to a members-only free online community. Inc.com is a beautiful website, rich with photos and color.

You're the Boss

This blog is the antithesis to Inc.com. Succinct daily blog posts round up the day's most important business headlines in one convenient, easy-to-read spot. An additional daily post goes more in-depth on a particular topic. As part of the New York Times, You're the Boss offers quick and easy access to the rest of the Times' website and features. The blog itself features links to advice on a broad range of topics, including franchising, healthcare, business travel, sustainability, and much more.

 

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